This guide was developed as the synthesis of CES’ 3rd Sea Level Rise Summit: Connected Futures from Alaska to Florida, held May 3-5, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The report in its entirety is available as a PDF document here . See the Executive Summary below:
This report summarizes the 3rd Sea-Level Rise Summit organized by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University. The event, subtitled “Connected Futures from Alaska to Florida,” was held May 3-5, 2016, at the Ft. Lauderdale Hyatt Pier 66. In recent years, many conferences and meetings have identified the problems we face, and outlined some theoretical solutions. What we lacked was guidance for implementing specific adaptations. The goal of the Summit was to produce a first-generation roadmap for adaptation, by translating our knowledge and ideas into action. Our resulting Adaptation Pathways (see Section III of this report) have emerged as the product of intense and sustained interactions with Summit participants, representing a broad cross-section of society.
There are three principal take-away messages from the Summit:
Finally, it is important to recall that the environmental changes unfolding today – at both low and high latitudes – are dynamic. As such, the insights generated by this Summit will need to evolve to keep pace with changing conditions on the ground. Hence the suffix “1.0” in the name of this document: we expect to update and expand this information as time passes. We invite you to contribute to that conversation by telephone (954-236-1104), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or social media.